Islamic Geometry Class (Age 8 yo +)
DESCRIPTION: Islamic Geometry is a 4-wk course designed for children ages 8 years and older, and adults. It is a cultural immersion class which aims to help students connect with, and understand how geometric patterns are made in Islamic art. The course begins by identifying and analyzing Islamic geometric patterns displayed on surfaces of mosques, ceramic tiles, and other architectural elements. In each class then, we will take our exploration further, using different mediums and materials to recreate patterns and geometric stars. Students will be using a ruler and compass to initially create these geometries, focusing on shapes, colors, and patterns, both in 2 and 3-dimensions. Some classes will focus on process and development, while others will have students completing a finished product by the end of class.
All materials are supplied. Each student will receive their own 10-piece compass and ruler kit to keep. Students must come dressed in old clothes or have an art smock / apron.
SAMPLE 4-WK SYLLABUS:
Reference: Islamic Geometry Video by Eric Broug
* Class content may vary slightly as I incorporate student input and learn student preferences.
CLASS 1: Explore & discuss patterns on different surfaces of Islamic architectural elements, and get acclimated to using a compass. Learn how to draw a 4-fold star using a compass and ruler on mixed media paper.
CLASS 2: Practice & learn how to draw an 8-fold rosette using pencil, compass and ruler on paper. Explore air dry clay as a medium by transferring the design onto clay using clay tools. Cut and paint, coat with resin once dried to make a hanging ornament or sitting desk decor.
CLASS 3: Draw an 8-pointed square star on paper, and transfer to styrofoam sheet using a dull pencil for a printmaking project. Using a paint roller, apply paint and stamp onto mixed media paper. Repeat to make a beautiful pattern.
CLASS 4: Select an Islamic geometry star of your choice to draw on cardboard, trace with glue, sprinkle salt, and paint with watercolors for a beautiful finished painting.
CLASS DURATION: 1 hr. 15 min, with time for discussion/sharing & cleanup
LOCATION: Private & small group instruction will take place in my home studio located in Russett Green area of Laurel, MD 20724. If you have a space you can offer to host, please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org to set it up. Thank you kindly!
COST: Cost is written per 4 SESSIONS. For in person classes, price includes cost of materials. If you are selecting an online/ZOOM class, you will be responsible for the additional cost of materials. Material List & places to purchase will be supplied.
SCHEDULE: After purchase, I will reach out to you personally regarding scheduling. Please feel free to email directly as well with any inquiries or preferences at email@example.com.
CANCELLATION: If class is cancelled by student or instructor due to any unforeseen circumstances, class will be rescheduled at another suitable time. Refunds will not be given as materials are purchased and lesson planning has been completed at time of registration.
NOTE: Please note that in public, group classes, social distance will be maintained. In any class, all students MUST wear masks, as well as any accompanying adult. Thank you!